Sean Gavin: Biography and Class Description
Sean Gavin’s playing on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong love for traditional Irish music. Growing up in Detroit, he was first encouraged by his father, County Clare-born fiddle player, Mick Gavin. Sean played a variety of instruments before settling on the flute at age 11 with the help of Scariff flute-player Leo MacNamara. Not long after, he began work on the uilleann pipes with teacher Al Purcell—himself a student of famed piper Leo Rowsome. Currently residing in Chicago, Sean has been very lucky to spend time with Sligo flute legend Kevin Henry. Sean is a member of the critically acclaimed groups Bua and NicGaviskey, and enjoys teaching and performing around Chicago. He also performs often with the Irish band Téada and serves as musical director of the new sean-nós dancing performance ensemble, “Atlantic Steps”.
This class will be geared towards the younger players at the intermediate/advanced level, especially those heading to the All-Ireland fleadh in Sligo. In addition to an emphasis on phrasing and rhythm, Sean will also give advice on the placement of breaths,accents, and ornamentation. Students can also expect some discussions about variation, regional styles, and the music of great players from the past and present.